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The Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches (FSYR) and the Public Art Project will provide artist-led instruction for at-risk youth from the FSYR residential program between June and October culminating in an exhibition and
reception for 35 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 16.
Children admitted through intake and currently in the care of FSYR child and family services have the unique opportunity to work with local and internationally recognized visual artists to improve self-esteem, broaden their scope of artistic expression, and
build skills of collaboration. Students and teaching artists work together to create an overarching theme for the course of the 14-week project.
Each meeting includes a visit to an arts organization in Pinellas County. The majority of the visits will be at the Museum of Fine Arts where students and artists will begin with visits throughout the galleries to explore art from world cultures and across 4500 years, then move to the Museum’s classroom to learn through hands-on activities a variety of artistic techniques.
Each activity will provide the foundation skills needed to create a work of art that will be displayed as part of a group exhibition in November. The exhibition will include an
opening reception in which each student will have the opportunity to speak about the program and/or their work of art.
The small ratio of student to teaching artist promises much needed personalized attention. The artists serve not only as instructors but as facilitators to help students express their creative ideas that define and value who they are as people. Anna Glenn, Curator of Public Programs at the Museum, works with Derek Donnelly and Tom Ris as lead artist coordinators, and Wayne Witczak from FSYR to develop and implement this program. Education has been central to the Museum's mission for more than 50 years, and to partner with artists and this important family service organization allows art to nurture these underserved children.